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Bafta TV Awards 2019: Eight things we learned



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Winning Eve might be a more appropriate title for the BBC’s hit drama after the Bafta TV Awards on Sunday.

There were wins in some of the night’s biggest categories for Killing Eve, including best drama series and best actress for Jodie Comer.

I’m A Celebrity and Britain’s Got Talent were among the other winners in what has been a strong year for British television.

“Just sitting [in the audience] watching these incredible programmes makes me realise that we really should… get a telly,” joked Jessica Hynes during her own acceptance speech for female comedy performance.

Here are eight things we learned backstage at the ceremony.

1. Graham Norton bossed the opening monologue

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Every year, the television industry keeps its antennas crossed that the TV Baftas won’t fall on the same weekend as Eurovision, so that Graham Norton is available to host.

After last year’s clash, Norton returned to fronting the Bafta ceremony on Sunday and delivered a killer opening sequence true to form. His best jokes included:

  • “We now have a female host of Question Time, an all-female line-up on Newsnight. It’s not only great for equality, but it saves the BBC a fortune.”
  • “Every week on The Great British Bake Off, a Baker gets kicked out. This week it was Danny. Literally a show stopper.”
  • “The Bros documentary really was must-see television. A lot of people have argued about which one emerged with the most dignity. I would say on balance it was probably the bassist, Craig, who declined to take part.”
  • “Everyone loved Line of Duty. The interviews were incredible. A more forensically detailed interrogation of times, dates and mobile phone data hasn’t been seen since that time Seann Walsh got home late from Strictly practice.”

2. Jodie Comer has a surprising link to Line of Duty

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Awards ceremonies always leave the biggest category of the night to the very end. The Oscars with best picture, for example.

So it was telling that Bafta considered best actress the tastiest category of the night this year, leaving it to last.

“Women are fashionable at the moment, so it’s just great to be associated with them,” said Steve Coogan as he introduced it.

Sandra Oh and Keeley Hawes were among the nominees in this one, but it was Jodie Comer who triumphed.

“It’s just a dream, I’m very emotional, I think I blubbed my way through [my acceptance speech],” Comer said backstage.

In her speech, she thanked Line of Duty star (and fellow Liverpudlian) Stephen Graham, adding: “If I didn’t owe you a pint before, I certainly do now.”

Many viewers didn’t realise the two had a connection, but it was Graham who encouraged his agent Jane Epstein to take on Comer after they worked together on BBC mini-series Good Cop, describing her as an “extreme talent”.

3. David Walliams wants X Factor to die

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David Walliams brought mum Kathleen to the ceremony

“Thank you for that seated ovation. You’re so thrilled for us, I can feel it,” joked David Walliams as he entered the press room to an admittedly half-hearted round of applause.

He was fresh from accepting the prize for best entertainment programme on behalf of Britain’s Got Talent.

And by the sounds of it, Walliams is very happy where he is – although he is considering Simon Cowell’s offer to take part in Celebrity X Factor later this year.

“Well, I think if I can kill that format forever by appearing on it, I’d very much like to,” Walliams said, speaking on behalf of the nation.

“I cannot sing a note so I’d fit in very well… I would love to be on that stage, doing a duet with Wagner.”

4. Villanelle may have been loosely based on Scary Spice

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge has become just about the hottest property in entertainment in the last year.

In addition to adapting Killing Eve for the small screen, the second season of her hugely popular comedy Fleabag has just concluded, and she has also co-written the next James Bond film.

“I’ve made a promise to myself that I’m not going to talk about Bond tonight, I’m just going to talk about Killing Eve,” she said backstage – a signal to journalists not to ask about anything 007.

So instead, she ended up discussing her love of the Spice Girls and their impact on her writing. Particularly her favourite, Scary Spice.

“It was because she was scary, a bit like Villanelle, perhaps I’ve never let Scary go,” she explained.

“She was wild, she was out there, she didn’t care about what people thought about her. She was just really cool. And wore trousers.”

5. Huw Edwards probably isn’t going to do Strictly Come Dancing after all

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Planning for this year’s Strictly is well under way, with DJ Chris Evans having already announced his candidacy.

BBC News host Huw Edwards has also been in the frame – having told Radio 2’s Steve Wright earlier this year he would consider taking part.

But having had time to ponder it, Edwards appears to have decided against following in the footsteps of fellow news figures such as Jeremy Vine, Kate Silverton and John Sargeant.

“The honest answer is I’ve not been asked. If I were asked, I think I’d find it quite difficult with the current job I’m doing,” he explained.

“Combining that with being the BBCs chief news anchor, that would be quite difficult. In future, when my professional life might be in a different shape, I’d consider it.”

Edwards and his team took home the Bafta for live event for the coverage of the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance.

6. Daisy May Cooper trashed the red carpet

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Jaws were dropping on the red carpet for the likes of Keeley Hawes and Jodie Comer, both of whom wore stunning dresses.

But it was This Country star Daisy May Cooper who caught the most attention, with her bin bag ensemble.

It was so extravagant it wouldn’t have looked out of place at last week’s Met Gala.

How much did it cost? “About five quid,” she laughed, adding it was made by her mum.

But, Cooper explained, she chose this year to donate the money she would have spent on a dress to a food bank charity.

7. Mack (stuck in) the knife

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Lee Mack, who won best entertainment performance for Would I Lie To You?, delivered one of the night’s highlights, poking fun at both his co-stars and Bafta’s own sponsor in his speech.

“Right, I’ll keep it brief because I know we just want to go for dinner now,” he began.

“Especially this year, because there’s no chocolate under the seat. Are we still on BBC One, or is it Channel 5 now?”

He continued: “Thanks for this, I don’t want to sound ungrateful, but on the off-chance that we do get to come back next year, is there any chance you couldn’t do it on the same day as the final Premier League game?

“I’m only kidding, I couldn’t have watched it anyway because I’ve got [Bafta sponsor] Virgin Media and the reception is terrible.”

Paying tribute to his co-stars Rob Brydon and David Mitchell, he joked: “It’s bad enough I get paid more than them, but this is going to kill them.”

8. Dec the halls with lots of Baftas

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Love Island won the prize for best reality and constructed factual last year, but bizarrely wasn’t even nominated this year despite having its biggest series yet in 2018.

Instead, I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! took home the prize, in a year that saw Holly Willoughby replace Ant McPartlin as a co-presenter on the show.

“Holly came in and did a fantastic job, she loved it and we loved having her there,” Dec said backstage.

“It was a tough year. Personally and professionally. But I just went out and tried to do my best, keep the shows warm for him when he was ready to come back, so I tried to deliver as best I could.”

Britain’s Got Talent also triumphed, despite the fact Dec had to host the live shows solo after Ant McPartlin’s drink-drive conviction.

“And thankfully,” he laughed, “they both won Baftas tonight, so how cool am I?!”

Watch the TV Baftas on iPlayer.

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Bafta Games Awards: Outer Wilds wins Best Game




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Action-adventure game Outer Wilds has won the prestigious Best Game prize at the 16th annual Bafta Games Awards.

The title’s writer Kelsey Beachum credited its players saying: “Word of mouth has been essential in getting people to play the game, you’re all really beautiful”‘

The game where you explore a distant galaxy under threat from an exploding star claimed three awards in total.

It also won in the best design and original property categories.

It was a successful night for role-playing detective game Disco Elysium which also picked up three awards – winning in the best music, debut game and best narrative categories.

This year’s award ceremony had to be pre-recorded because of coronavirus restrictions.

Host Dara O’Briain pulled the strings from his house with every nominee required to submit a winners speech – just in case they won.

There was disappointment for mysterious adventure game Control.

It had 11 nominations going into the event and only won once.

Martti Suosalo was rewarded for his role in the supernatural title – he picked up a golden mask in the performer in a supporting role category.

Call of Duty: Mobile won the EE Mobile Game of the Year, the only award to be voted for by the public.

Best British Game was awarded to sci-fi thriller Observation. Jon McKellan, its creative director, spoke to Newsbeat after the ceremony saying: “Winning a BAFTA is a huge thing.

“What it’s done for us is give us the confidence to know that we’re doing something right. To have that seal of approval after being judged by your peers is a big confidence booster.”

Jon also discussed how the coronavirus crisis could impact gaming in the near future: “Pre-recording an acceptance speech is probably one of the weirdest things I’ve ever done!

“This industry is kind of lucky because we can do the majority of our work from home, but there are some aspects of it that will be impacted.

“But things like motion capture and voiceover recordings can’t really happen at the moment.

“We can’t get around some things which I think will have quite a big ripple effect over the next six months”.

‘I devote myself to creating for others’

Japanese game designer Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear franchise, was honoured with the Bafta Fellowship – the highest accolade the organisation can give.

The fellowship recognises exceptional contributions to the gaming industry.

In an emotional video message he dedicated the prize to his parents saying: “My determination is stronger than ever.

“For the rest of my life I will continue to devote myself to creating for others.

“Games are holding their own next to films, or perhaps fusing together with them, evolving into a huge medium of digital entertainment”.

His latest release, Death Stranding, was nominated for 11 awards and won only one award for technical achievement.

The game was Kojima’s first release since leaving his former employer Konami to set up his own studio.

Last year Radio 1 Newsbeat went behind-the-scenes to see the final hours of the game’s creation.

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The Bafta winners in full were:

Animation: Luigi’s Mansion 3

Artistic Achievement: Sayonara Wild Hearts

Audio Achievement: Ape Out

British Game: Observation

Debut Game: Disco Elysium

Evolving Game: Path of Exile

Family Game: Untitled Goose Game

Game Beyond Entertainment: Kind Words (Lo Fi Chill Beats To Write To)

Game Design: Outer Wilds

Multiplayer: Apex Legends

Music: Disco Elysium

Narrative: Disco Elysium

Original Property: Outer Wilds

Performer in a Leading Role: Gonzalo Martin (Life is Strange)

Performer in a Supporting Role: Martti Suosalo (Control)

Technical Achievement: Death Stranding

Mobile Game of the Year (Audience Vote): Call of Duty Mobile

Best Game: Outer Wilds

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Untitled Goose Game won in the Family Game category

There are many people across the world living in lockdown at the moment and it’s thought that as a result more people are turning to gaming as a way to pass the time.

There are reports that games platform Steam is seeing record figures, streaming sites Twitch and YouTube Gaming have increased viewership and Animal Crossing has become the fastest selling single game in the history of Nintendo’s Switch console.

The Games Awards were an opportunity for the industry to showcase the variety of experiences gaming offers as a way to appeal to a broader audience.

With big blockbuster franchises like Call of Duty and niche independent titles like Untitled Goose Game winning golden masks , the industry will no doubt feel like it’s made the most of that opportunity.

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Coronavirus: Brighton Pride 2020 cancelled




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Mariah Carey has been giving online concerts in support of the US emergency services

Brighton Pride has announced that “with a heavy heart” the festival has been cancelled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Mariah Carey had been due to headline festival this summer, playing Pride in the Park on Saturday 1 August.

The three-day event was due to run from 31 July to 2 August. On Sunday, The Pussycat Dolls – who recently reformed – were the headline act.

Brighton Pride said the decision “had not been taken lightly”

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This year’s event was marking Brighton and Hove Pride’s 30th anniversary

A Pride spokesman said: “It is with a heavy heart that Brighton and Hove Pride have taken the difficult decision to postpone our landmark 30th anniversary celebrations.”

He said the organisers had decided to cancel after evaluating the additional pressure the event would put on the emergency services.

Paul Kemp, director of Brighton Pride, said: “It’s been inevitable.

“We are postponing the anniversary celebration to next year and [for] anyone who has got a ticket for the park we’ll roll that ticket over.

“Pride is a celebration for the whole city and brings lots of people in, and of course the emergency services, the police, the NHS and all the other key workers who are often part of that parade,” he said.

“Our focus is on supporting them and supporting people who are going through tough times.”

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The Pussycat Dolls are known for hits including Don’t Cha, and React

Alan Robbins, chairman of Brighton and Hove City Council’s tourism, equalities, communities and culture committee, said: “It’s a great shame.

“The message is going out ‘Don’t come to Brighton’ and we very much want to make sure when this is over everybody does come back to Brighton.

“We’re doing everything we can to make sure these things go ahead next year.”

Last year, Kylie Minogue headlined the festival, and in 2018 Britney Spears wowed a crowd of 57,000 with the more than 250,000 people visiting the city.

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Thousands of people went to Brighton Pride in 2019, celebrating the theme “Generations of Love”

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Coronavirus: Christopher Eccleston reads a poetic tribute to the NHS




Matthew Kelly from Salford has written a poem paying tribute to the staff of the NHS fighting the coronavirus.

Mr Kelly said he was inspired to write after hearing the challenges his partner faces as a district nurse.

BBC Radio 5 Live asked actor Christopher Eccleston, a fellow Salfordian, to read Matt’s words.

This clip is from Chiles on Friday on 3 April 2020

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